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EU Fines Auto Parts Producers Nearly $1.4B

March 19, 2014 8:14 am | News | Comments

The European Union has fined two EU and four Japanese companies a total of nearly $1.4 billion for rigging the market of key components in the car and truck industry at the expense of consumers.          

What If The Missing Plane Is Never Found?

March 18, 2014 2:51 pm | by Kristen Gelineau and Nick Perry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Such an outcome would flummox the airline industry, which will struggle to learn lessons from the incident if it doesn't know what happened.                     

Why Can You Shut Off An Airplane's Transponder?

March 18, 2014 8:33 am | by Joan Lowy and Scott Mayerowitz, Associated Press | News | Comments

It turns out there are several legitimate reasons why a pilot might want to shut off this key form of communication that allows air traffic controllers to identify and track airplanes.            

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European Car Sales Continue To Grow

March 18, 2014 8:28 am | News | Comments

European car sales grew for a sixth consecutive month in February but remained at a low level as the market recovered slowly from the financial crisis.                 

Baucus Wants 'Level Playing Field' For U.S. Businesses In China

March 18, 2014 8:24 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

New U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus embraced the increasingly intertwined relationship between the two countries, saying he would push for fair trade while urging Beijing to respect human rights.         

India To Appeal Decision In Scrapped Helicopter Case

March 18, 2014 8:19 am | News | Comments

India canceled the contract with Italian-owned Finmeccanica's helicopter arm AgustaWestland in January amid allegations that the company paid bribes to win the $750 million deal for 12 luxury helicopters to ferry VIPs.             

Activists Occupy French Nuke Plant

March 18, 2014 8:16 am | News | Comments

Police have surrounded a nuclear plant in eastern France after more than 60 Greenpeace activists occupied it Tuesday to protest the nation's reliance on atomic power.               

Manufacturing.net Rewind: A Missing Jet; Dems' Marathon Climate Talk

March 14, 2014 12:03 am | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a tech firm losing 20 workers when a jet vanishes, to Tesla's battle with New Jersey.                 

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Should Foreign Aircraft Shops Require Drug Testing?

March 13, 2014 10:50 pm | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Aviation regulators say they're considering rules that would require alcohol and drug testing for people who work on U.S. airline planes in foreign maintenance and repair shops.             

Missing Jet Recalls Past Disappearances

March 13, 2014 10:41 pm | News | Comments

With radar, radio traffic and other technology, planes that crash are usually found quickly. But sometimes searches can take days or weeks if the plane disappears over open ocean or remote and rugged land areas.        

IMF: Income Disparities Can Hurt Economies

March 13, 2014 1:29 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The International Monetary Fund is warning that wide income inequality can slow economic growth and is proposing ways to reduce it.                     

Demand Grows For Halal Food

March 13, 2014 12:06 pm | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The global industry for products that meet Islamic law standards of manufacture is estimated to be worth hundreds of billions of dollars and is multiplying as Muslim populations grow.              

Malaysia Says No Engine Data After Plane Went Missing

March 13, 2014 8:31 am | by Chris Brummitt and Jim Gomez, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials dismissed reports that the missing Malaysian airliner's engines continued sending data for hours after its last contact, but said it was possible the plane continued flying and that they would widen their search.       

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New Zealand Dairy Giant Pleads Guilty To Food Safety Violations

March 13, 2014 8:12 am | by Nick Perry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Government officials filed charges accusing Fonterra of processing and exporting products in a way that didn't meet standards and then failing to notify officials quickly enough when it became aware of the lapses.         

Panasonic Compensates Employees For Bad Air In China

March 13, 2014 8:01 am | News | Comments

Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai have become notorious for noxious air but pollution pay is still relatively rare among global companies.                   

Bad Decade: Malaysia Airlines To Face More Problems After Disappearance

March 12, 2014 12:13 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The revelation this week that the jet's co-pilot allowed two female passengers to ride in the cockpit for the duration of a flight two years ago has invited scrutiny of the professionalism of top-level staff.         

New Product Launches Hurt Volvo Earnings

March 12, 2014 7:57 am | News | Comments

Swedish truck maker AB Volvo enjoyed strong sales in the fourth quarter, but its earnings were hurt by extra costs linked to the launch of new products, write-downs and restructuring charges.           

Europe Wants Its Parmesan Back

March 11, 2014 2:12 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Would Parmesan by any other name be as tasty atop your pasta? A ripening trade battle might put that to the test.                        

OECD: Global Growth To Remain Sluggish

March 11, 2014 8:33 am | by Greg Keller, Associated Press | News | Comments

Global growth is likely to remain sluggish as a slowdown in the developing world undercuts gains in Europe and the United States, a leading international economic body warned.              

Flaws Found In Bangladesh Garment Factories

March 11, 2014 8:29 am | News | Comments

Inspections of Bangladesh garment factories under a new safety initiative have found cracked support beams, substandard building materials and exposed electrical cables chewed by rats.             

Japan Marks 3rd Anniversary Of Earthquake, Tsunami

March 11, 2014 7:46 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three years later, nearly 270,000 people remain displaced from their homes, including many from Fukushima prefecture who may never be able to return home due to radioactive contamination.             

Nuclear Test Experts Checking To See If Plane Exploded

March 10, 2014 2:14 pm | by Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the organization that monitors the nuclear test ban treaty says he has asked its experts to see if they detected an explosion at high altitude of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane.            

Group: 1,500 Factories To Be Inspected In Bangladesh

March 10, 2014 12:27 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

About 1,500 factories in Bangladesh are on track to be inspected by the end of August as part of a safety pact signed by more than 150 clothing brands and 20 countries.               

China Auto Sales Rise But Local Brands Struggle

March 10, 2014 11:04 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's auto sales rose 11.3 percent in the first two months of this year but local brands suffered a decline in a sign of intense competition in the world's biggest auto market.            

Germany Says It Didn't Bow To NSA

March 10, 2014 10:00 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany has dismissed a claim by NSA leaker Edward Snowden that it bowed to U.S. demands to water down legal protection for German citizens.                     

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